Dear Equity Warriors and Friends,
“I AM” Florita Bell Griffin and my life is a positive reflection of inequity, injustice, and intolerance. Accordingly, the Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club is a parody of my life as an African-American daughter of an Elementary School Teacher and a Missionary Baptist Pastor during the Jim Crow South days, a doctorate degree (Ph.D.) holder, the spouse of a University Professor, a constant pursuer of equity for all, and a former Member of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Board of Directors, appointed by then Governor George W. Bush. My life’s mission is to share the power of overcoming inequities, the joy of inclusion, and the impact of literacy on equity for all socio-economic strata. I know all too well the structures that are in place that need equity and literacy work, because “I WAS” a student left behind, a person of color in the United States Criminal Justice System, and a forgotten citizen. However, to fulfill my life’s purpose, I created the Little Flower® brand to build self-esteem and self-awareness. Through Little Flower’s newest release, The Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club educational series, “I AM” using storytelling, writing, and decision-making to help sever the school-to-prison pipeline by providing high engagement and culturally relevant text, national language standards, and civic engagement activities for youth and youth group leaders. I invite you to join me to help children of all ages, incarcerated parents with school-age children, and adults who work with youth to narrate their own “I AM” through the Little Flower Different Deserves Special Club educational series.
Feel free to contact me for more information on available products that can be purchased or donated to programs via the contact link below. Please submit your “I AM” statement with your donation for documentation of your inspirational gift.
American Library Association Annual Conference (2016)
North Carolina Association of Compensatory Educators (NCACE) Conference for Title One Educators (2015)
The Little Flower Artist Movie (2017)
“The Little Flower Artist Movie” (short animated film featured below) was included in the Green Bay, NYC Animation/Animate 2018 Film Festivals, and the 2018 Epic Animation Comic Games Fest (International).
Additionally, the movie was selected by the 2018 & 2019 KIDS FIRST! Film Festival, which is the world’s largest film festival for kids. The KIDS FIRST! Film Festival is a project of the 25-year-old, national nonprofit Coalition for Quality Children’s Media.
The Little Flower Dolls® (2016)
The Little Flower Doll is a 18″ (Limited Edition) Collectable Quality doll, and “A Multicultural Ambassador for Civil Rights and Anti-Bullying.” Her soft body is red in color in honor of those who shed blood during the Civil Rights Era.
The Little Flower Dolls Unveiling on
The Ferrell Phelps Show – Houston, Texas